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Iowa Supreme Court Rules Expert’s Unsworn Signature Does Not Substantially Comply with Section 147.140’s Affidavit Requirement

June 18, 2024

The Iowa Supreme Court followed a history of enforcing timely sworn statements in reversing a recent district court’s decision denying defendants’ dispositive motions in a medical malpractice suit. Defendants asserted, “(1) the unsworn, signed letter did not comply with section 147.140’s affidavit requirement, and (2) the expert, an anesthesiologist, was unqualified to testify against the […]


Grefe and Sidney Welcomes New Drake Law Dean Roscoe Jones, Jr.

Grefe and Sidney attorneys recently attended a welcome banquet for Drake Law School’s incoming Dean, Roscoe Jones, Jr. Jones noted several goals he wants to accomplish in his new role, including bringing together Drake Law School students and the Des Moines legal community. The firm has several Drake alumni attorneys and is excited to see […]


Mark Thomas and Dariann Garrison-Nickerson Obtain Clients’ Dismissal with Motion for Summary Judgment

Attorneys Mark Thomas and Dariann Garrison-Nickerson recently obtained dismissal of a landowner and property manager in a dog bite case. Plaintiff relied on Thompson v. Kaczinski, 774 N.W.2d 829 (Iowa 2009) to argue Defendants owed her a duty and asked that the Court apply the general duty of reasonable care against Defendants. Mark and Dariann […]


Mark Thomas and Rachel Morgan Obtain Favorable Jury Verdict

May 9, 2024

Attorneys Mark Thomas and Rachel Morgan recently obtained a favorable jury verdict on behalf of their client. The case arose out of a motor vehicle accident. Although their client admitted she caused the accident, Thomas and Morgan disputed the extent of the Plaintiffs’ claimed injuries. The case proceeded to trial. The Plaintiffs requested the jury […]


Mark Thomas And Emma Bradbury Win Partial Motion for Summary Judgment

Mark Thomas and Emma Bradbury won a favorable ruling for their abstractor client with a Partial Motion for Summary Judgment concerning a negligence claim. They contended that a negligence claim under this set of facts is barred under the economic loss rule, as the resulting damages alleged consisted of the financial effect of liens on […]


Grefe & Sidney Attends the Supreme Court Celebration Banquet and Awards Ceremony

Drake Law School held its annual Supreme Court Celebration which celebrates and honors the school’s relationship with the Supreme Court, as well as the achievements of its students, faculty, and alumni. The portraits of Dean Anderson and Professor Rigg were unveiled this year, and we heard from the soon-to-be Dean of Drake Law, Roscoe Jones […]


Timmins and Lindebak win Iowa Court of Appeals Trust Case

April 4, 2024

Beneficiaries of a trust appealed a district court ruling denying their petition to terminate the trust. Grefe and Sidney’s Heather Timmins and Aaron Lindebak represented the trustee who opposed the termination. Jeanne Winn named her daughter and granddaughters as beneficiaries to the trust upon her death. The beneficiaries jointly petitioned to terminate the trust because […]


Guy Cook Recognized in Drake Law’s 150 in 150

In recognition of Drake Law School’s 150th anniversary, they recognized 150 individuals “who have best demonstrated the values of the Law School and helped shape Drake Law into who we are today.” Out of all alumni, faculty, students, and friends eligible, Grefe and Sidney’s senior member Guy Cook was named to the list. Guy has […]


Grefe & Sidney Participates in Orchard Place Spelling Bee Fundraiser

Orchard Place raised $65,000 in their annual spelling bee to benefit youth mental health services in Iowa. Each year, Orchard Place has groups compete in an adult team-based spelling competition. Grefe and Sidney was happy to participate as “The Bee’s Knees,” but was knocked out before the final round. Orchard Place looks for sponsors, volunteers, […]


Iowa Supreme Court holds that Retention of Expert Witness to Provide Services to Iowa Attorney is Sufficient to Establish Personal Jurisdiction

March 7, 2024

An Iowa attorney retained an orthopedic surgeon from Indiana to serve as an expert witness in a potential medical malpractice claim and paid an advance of $10,000.00. The parties had no written contract and upon reviewing the records, the surgeon opined that the standard of care was not breached in the underlying case and that […]